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How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 November 1953 (USA)
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Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.

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Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Nunnally Johnson (screen play), Zoe Akins (plays) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Betty Grable ... Loco Dempsey
Marilyn Monroe ... Pola Debevoise
Lauren Bacall ... Schatze Page
David Wayne ... Freddie Denmark
Rory Calhoun ... Eben Salem
Cameron Mitchell ... Tom Brookman
Alexander D'Arcy ... J. Stewart Merrill (as Alex D'Arcy)
Fred Clark ... Waldo Brewster
William Powell ... J.D. Hanley
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Three New York models, Shatze, Pola and Loco set up in an exclusive apartment with a plan....tired of cheap men and a lack of money, they intend to use all their talents to trap and marry three millionaires. The trouble is that it's not so easy to tell the rich men from the hucksters - and even when they can, is the money really worth it? Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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The Most Glamorous Entertainment Of Your Lifetime in CinemaScope. You See It Without Glasses! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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The success of the film made its impact in many ways. It helped make an auspicious introduction for Fox's CinemaScope process to audiences and usher in a new era of widescreen entertainment. Lauren Bacall was able to prove that she could indeed play comedy with panache, and it opened a whole new avenue in her illustrious career that made her just as in demand for comedies on stage and screen as she was for drama. Betty Grable, Fox's long-reigning Queen of the Lot, was able to leave the studio on a high note at the end of her long run, taking with her some of the best reviews of her life. She would return to make just one more film for Fox--this time as a free agent--in How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955). See more »

Goofs

When driving back from the lodge on a twisting road, the driver is steering the car. The steering motions don't match the view from the rear window. See more »

Quotes

Loco Dempsey: You don't think he's a little old?
Schatze Page: Wealthy men are never old.
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Connections

Referenced in The Legend of Marilyn Monroe (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Background music when Schatze, Pola and Loco are in the women's lounge
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Marilyn is pretty good, as are the jokes about Bogie and Bacall
12 August 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

In this film, three women, played by three huge stars, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable, move in together with the plan to each land a millionaire. They each get involved with millionaires, but men of more humble means (and at least one man pretending to be) end up winning them over in the end. It's kind of lackluster, but it's moderately entertaining. It probably should have been funnier. The only real humor comes from Monroe, who needs glasses but is afraid no man will find her attractive when she's wearing them. She stumbles around bumping into walls and mistaking people's identities. There are also a lot of great in-jokes about Bacall's marriage to Humphrey Bogart. In the film, the millionaire whom she dates is played by the great actor William Powell, who was in his early sixties when the film was made. When he tells Bacall that he's too old for her, she tells him how she adores older men. "You know that old fella from The African Queen. I love that guy!" Betty Grable is pretty forgettable, but, then again, I never found her particularly talented or attractive. She's pretty average on both fronts, as far as I'm concerned. The film is also interesting as an early example of the use of widescreen (supposedly it was the first film in that format). It was developed in 1953 so that cinemas would have an extra draw, as television was destroying the industry. I watched a cropped version, unfortunately, but I think I did a decent job reconstructing how shots were originally composed. The opening and closing scenes are the most interesting. For no other reason than to demonstrate the new format, the screen encompasses an entire orchestra. The word "Cinemascope" appears enormously both at the beginning and at end. 7/10.


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Release Date:

20 November 1953 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,870,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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4-Track Stereo (1959 Reissue) (Western Electric Recording) (Stereo)| Stereo (1959 Reissue) (Stereo)

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.66 : 1
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